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Finland PM to arrive on a six-day visit

Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen will arrive in India today on a six-day visit, marking the first high-level exchange between the two countries in 22 years.

New Delhi, Mar 10: Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen will arrive in India today on a six-day visit, marking the first high-level exchange between the two countries in 22 years.
Accompanied by Communications and Transport Minister Susanna Huovinen and a business delegation, Vanhanen will begin his India visit with a three-day trip to Chennai where he will inaugurate a Nokia plant.

He will reach New Delhi on March 13 and hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh besides meeting Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, Shipping Minister T R Baalu, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel.

He will also meet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Leader of the Opposition L K Advani.

An address to the Indian business leaders is also on the agenda.

Finland has evinced keen interest in sectors such as ship-building, port development and road construction.

India's interests in cooperation with Finland extend to areas like energy, environment management and sustainable forestry.

Vanhanen will be the first Finnish Prime Minister to visit India since 1984 when Kalevi Sorsa came here. A year earlier, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had travelled to Finland.

Bureau Report

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